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FREE – Chris Anderson

In his revolutionary bestseller, THE LONG TAIL, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in FREE he makes the compelling case that in many instances businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them. Far more than a promotional gimmick, FREE is a business strategy that may well be essential to a company’s survival.

FREE (full book) by Chris Anderson

I’m interested to read this. I tried to download the Audible version just now, only to be told: “We are not authorized to sell this item to your geographic location.” Pffft. FREE?

Fuse book launch

I’m out and about this evening!

I’m going to The Book Lounge to celebrate the launch of “Fuse”, the second novel written by the gorgeous Sally Partridge.

Her first book was “The Goblet Club“, which I have managed to track down and buy but have not yet read.

The reviews for “The Goblet Club” I’ve seen so far are awesome, so I reckon it’ll be time well spent:

This is a beautiful read, at times very dark and creepy, and at times poignant, haunting and magical…From the first page I was hooked and the author skillfully draws the reader into this strange, dark, yet frighteningly accessible world.
– Claire Montague-Fryer from Women24

This gothic-style novella embraces magic, mystery and dark intrigue
– O Magazine, February 2008

It is a dark story which cunningly captures the tormented soul and mystery of “the teenage boy”… Her writing is so convincing one almost believes this is a true account told by Mark Llewellyn-Bryce himself.
– Cape Times, September 2008

The Goblet Club, by first-time author, SA Partridge, has all the ingredients for a great teen read
– Something Wicked Magazine, May 2008

The Goblet Club is ‘n heerlike boek met talle verrassings. Die spanningslyn word geleidelik snaarstyf getrek, komiese ­ele­mente vang jou onverhoeds, die dialoog is vlymskerp en die eienaardige karakters boei jou enduit.
– Die Burger, November 2007

Sally Partridge has succeeded in creating a story that is both dismal, yet strangely uplifting in ways that I find hard to define…To tell anymore of this Gorey-esque plot that would make a really good movie for the likes of Tim Burton, would be to give away too much. My only complaint is, please Miss Partridge, can I have some more please?
– Nerine Dorman, Adamastor Writers Guild

FuseAt the launch, Sally will be in conversation with Fokofpolisiekar and aKing musician Hunter Kennedy – and guitarist (and fellow author) Derick Muller will be spinning some tunes. Definitely a night for the cool kids!


For more info about Sally, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

I’m really looking forward to meeting her!

Reading habits

Right then. Just for all you stalkers (hehehe), I have started a new page called “My Bookshelf” … you can check it out and see what I’m reading. And if you have any suggestions for me, please let me know! I simply adore reading and I devour pretty much any and everything I can get my hands on. I’m particularly partial to Fantasy, Humour, Crime, Mystery Thrillers and my current obsession … Vampires.

Oh, and if you want to buy any of the books, please click through from the images or titles to the site to place your order.

I’m kinda hoping that I can make a few extra sheckles this way 🙂

Cape Town Book Fair


I can’t wait 😀

The Cape Town Book Fair starts tomorrow, Saturday 13 June and continues through to Tuesday. I’m SO amped to get there and do some seriarse shelf stocking w00t! Plus, as an Exclusive Books Fanatics member, I’ll be getting 400 bonus points on each title I buy there. HELL YEAH!

I know a couple of people who’ll be there promoting their books, so that’s going to be interesting too … Sally Partridge and Marcel Oudejans – good luck guys 🙂

The Cape Town Book Fair is open at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday 13th to Monday 15th June and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday 16 June 2009. For more information and daily event programmes visit

The Fairest Cape


By André van Rooyen

“My romance with the light and the seas off the Cape, in images.”

I’m so proud of André van Rooyen and Nic Haralambous (SA Rocks) for collaborating on this AWESOME new photographic book!!

Nic says:

“I have been dying to try and get something off the ground as an initiative to help SA Rocks Flickr group contributors. André was the first one to come to me with the idea of printing a book of his photographs and getting his work out there. I am more than happy to announce that we have (well mostly André) successfully used to set up André’s very first photographic book: The Fairest Cape.”

I’ve had a look at the preview the first 15 pages on and WOW, it looks absolutely stunning!

Prices start at $22.95 (excluding shipping and local taxes) and I’m going to be ordering my own copy as soon as pay day swings around, that’s for sure. I urge you to do the same. (Wouldn’t it make a great Christmas gift?)

Let’s all show our support for this great new local collaboration. Well done guys 🙂


I have bookshelves at last

But I now also have a headache 🙁

Sheesh … all the drilling and cutting and gluing and filling has made my head moggy!

Anyway, they look great, don’t you think?

Now I finally have somewhere to unpack my books,
so guess what I’ll be doing this weekend!